Telling Your Story… With Budgets

June, 2016
Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel (Map)

Join the 26th annual Theatre Communications Group National Conference from June 23-26 in Washington D.C. where more than 1,000 theater practitioners from across the globe come together to learn, to support, to activate, and to enjoy.
Elaine Grogan Luttrull will lead a skills-building workshop on budgeting on Friday, June 24th from 10:30 – 3:00 as part of the conference.


Session Description

“Don’t tell me what you value,” Joe Biden quipped. “Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” Whether we like it or not, our budgets convey information about our organizations. In this session, we’ll delve into budgetary analysis in a new way: We’ll use budgets and budgetary information to tell the story of your organization. We’ll identify key metrics to emphasize, we’ll build interesting visual representations of those metrics, and we’ll connect the financial information back to the organization’s mission. After all, that’s what we value. And our budgets should reflect that.

About the Conference

What does it mean to be a citizen of Theatre Nation?

From June 23-25, the 2016 TCG National Conference: Theatre Nation will bring together over 1,000 theatre practitioners from across the globe for performances, knowledge sharing, and thought-provoking speakers. We’ll build on the success of the 2015 Cleveland Conference–our highest-rated in history–by further innovating programming like our Skills-Building Workshops and At the Intersections arcs, empowering deeper professional development and peer connection.

We’ll also seize the unique opportunity of assembling at our nation’s capitol during an election year to imagine a more central role for our art form in civic life. In a time of political polarization and civil strife, can we imagine a Theatre Nation whose borders are not bound by walls, but opened through affinities of passion and creative practice? Can we create a Theatre Nation that welcomes everyone who shares those affinities, and equitably represents them? What is our bill of rights (and responsibilities) for citizens of Theatre Nation? How might we declare our interdependence? How can our Theatre Nation model a more perfect union for our country and world? The answers to these questions can only be found through an inclusive and participatory process that engages the full diversity of our field—which means we need you.

At the heart of this work lies TCG’s vision of “A better world for theatre. A better world because of theatre.” We’ll bring that activist spirit to visit legislators on Capitol Hill. We’ll invite practitioners from across the world, because we know members of our Theatre Nation are global citizens. We’ll continue our conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we’ll spotlight the artistry that is the center of all our work.

More Information
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